What a fun Independence Day! We spent it with our really good friends who are Americans living in Italy but are not affiliated with the military. We went swimming and had lunch at our house, then we went out to Carney Park (an extinct volcanic crater that the US government has rented out as a giant park for the military community to use) to ride carnival rides, eat, and watch the fireworks. It was a great day with an ending that could have been really bad, but we were fine in the end. Well, nothing good ever comes of "do you think we have enough gas to get home?" We would ordinarily have been fine, but we were not counting on the 2 1/2 hour traffic jam that prevented us from leaving the park. Fortunately, even though the gas gage was below empty, in such a way that it wasn't far from spinning around to full again, we managed to not spend the night on the side of the road (thank you Cathy and Ciro for staying with us!).